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LS501R: CRIMINOLOGICAL THEORIES (2015-2016)

Last modified: 25 Mar 2016 11:38


Course Overview

The course focuses on different theories that attempt to explain why people engage in criminal or deviant behaviour. We will examine explanations of crime/deviance that appeal to the following factors: 1) biological factors, 2) economic conditions and 3) environmental conditions. We will also consider theorists who analyse criminal behaviour in terms of the ‘labels’ social groups apply to different kinds of conduct. There are six 2hour seminars. Assessment consists in an exam (50%), an essay (40%) and a presentation (10%, which is assessed on a pass/fail basis).

Course Details

Study Type Postgraduate Level 5
Session First Sub Session Credit Points 30 credits (15 ECTS credits)
Campus None. Sustained Study No
Co-ordinators
  • Dr Elizabeth Shaw

Qualification Prerequisites

None.

What courses & programmes must have been taken before this course?

  • Law (LS) (Studied)
  • Any Postgraduate Programme (Studied)

What other courses must be taken with this course?

None.

What courses cannot be taken with this course?

None.

Are there a limited number of places available?

No

Course Description

The course focuses primarily on different theories that attempt to explain why people engage in criminal or deviant behaviour. We will examine explanations of crime/deviance that appeal to the following factors: 1) biological factors, 2) economic conditions and 3) environmental conditions. We will also consider theorists who analyse criminal behaviour in terms of the ‘labels’ social groups apply to different kinds of conduct.

Degree Programmes for which this Course is Prescribed

None.

Contact Teaching Time

14 hours

This is the total time spent in lectures, tutorials and other class teaching.

Teaching Breakdown


Assessment

Assessment will be by means of a 2-hour exam worth 50%, a 5,000 word essay worth 40% and an in-class oral presentation worth 10% which is assessed on a pass/fail basis. Resit: 2-hour exam worth 100%.

Formative Assessment

None.

Feedback

None.

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